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Gigantic Games look a thing of past after Sochi

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SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - When the flame went out in Russia's Sochi on Sunday, the 2014 Winter Games went down in history as the most expensive Olympics with an overall price tag estimated at more than $50 billion.

Never had a Winter or Summer Olympics - which are several times the size and scope of the snow-and-ice spectacle - soaked up so much spending, although some Russian officials dispute the reported costs.

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